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Saturday, May 11th, 2013
Happy Saturday, friends! Here is a list of beautiful handmade gifts that mothers will love! The bonus? They are simple enough to be last minute creations!
1. Lovely Collection Jars from my blog, Red Bird Crafts.
2. This sweet strand of Flowers on a String is just the thing for giving mom some spring love.
3. Clever! Turn nice cloth napkins into throw pillows.
4. Visit our very own Family Fun for a video tutorial that shows you how to make GORGEOUS (and super easy) Twig Necklaces.
5. How perfect is this? Make bright, colorful Silhouettes of Your Children to give to a dear grandmother or…….to yourself!!
Categories: 5 Bright Spots, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities, Holiday | Tags: beautiful, colorful, crafts, flowers, fun, gifts, grandmother, kids, mother, Mother's Day, necklaces, paint, pillow, simple, tutorial
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
This past fall, I ran a Story Disk workshop at the Boston Children’s Museum and had the honor of spending the day in the art studio with the incredible Arts Program Manager, Alice Volger. The studio is gorgeous — inspiring, organized, and filled with most beautiful creative work. I found myself especially captivated by the communal twig and tape sculpture that dangles from the ceiling, cheerfully greeting visitors.
Alice told me a bit about the process. Children filtered into the studio all day long and used twigs and colorful masking tape to add to the sculpture. By the end of the day (or perhaps it was a few days), the twigs were intertwined in the grandest of ways. It is breathtaking, really.
Why not try this at home? Ask children to gather sticks and twigs (yard clean-up!). Leave the twigs and multiple roles of colorful masking tape at a craft station for a few days. Show children photographs of sculptures and encourage them to experiment with making their own unique creation.
If you have small children and are anywhere near Boston, definitely stop by the museum for a visit!
Categories: Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities, Inspired, Nature, Outdoors | Tags: children, colorful, communal, craft, creative, fun, group, kids, masking tape, museum, sculpture, sticks, tape, twig
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
Once you’ve driven all of the miles, eaten lots of pie, watched the candles dance, given beautiful gifts, and hummed all of the familiar tunes, you might take a deep breath and settle down with your family for some quiet fun. If this is the case, this updated version of the traditional macaroni necklace is a lovely family activity for both the very young and the very old (and everyone in between). You can all talk about how far macaroni necklaces have come while sipping hot chocolate and munching on popcorn. Consider inviting your children to help you dye the macaroni; it will make them even more excited to string them up later on.
You will need:
macaroni in interesting shapes
plastic bags (optional)
How to dye the pasta:
1. In a bowl, mix a 1/2 cup (approximately) of rubbing alcohol with some food dye. Stir.
2. Dump a bunch of macaroni into the bowl. Stir until fully coated. If you want to make the process a bit easier, use a plastic bag instead of the bowl and shake and mush with your hands. It will help distribute the dye. And, hey, children love smushing and mushing!
3. Cover the baking sheets with one layer of paper towel. Use a spoon to lay the dyed pasta onto the baking sheet. Let dry overnight.
1. Cut the yarn into 18″ pieces (approximate).
2. Tie a bead onto the end as an anchor, which will prevent the macaroni from slipping off the end.
3. Tape the ends of the strings, which will make it easier for little hands to thread the yarn through the macaroni beads.
4. Present the prepared string and bowls of colorful macaroni to a bunch of children and watch them create.
5. Make your own.
(This is one I made two years ago)
Happy family gathering to all!
Categories: Birthday Party Games, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities, Must Read | Tags: activity, children, colorful, craft, creative, fun, group, macaroni, necklace, pasta, play, stringing, young
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
Inspired: Each week I offer a tip for finding inspiration in the world around us. It might be observed in my classroom or found on a walk or whispered in my ear or thrifted or discovered on a dark shelf in the basement. Something. Anything that gives me a creative spark. My hope is that these bits and pieces encourage you and the children you spend time with to search for creativity in your days. This isn’t about spending money or acquiring new things; it is an exercise in motivating us to pay close attention to the bright spots in our world.
My daughter has been home sick this week, which means we’ve been settling into a slower pace. She is feverish and tired, so we’ve been rotating between soup, tea, books, a movie, and short open-ended craft projects. This morning, she rummaged through my wooden parts drawer and found a stack of wide craft sticks. She quickly pulled out the bucket of colorful Sharpies and made a set of cheery puppets. Later in the afternoon, my youngest and I were treated to a lovely little show with twists and surprises.
She made a lot out of a little. How inspiring!
My fingers are crossed for a cool forehead this afternoon.